Once again, Amazon is in the spotlight over the content of a book that critics say flirts a little too closely with the world of pedophilia. The book in question this time is Age of Consent: A Sex Tourists Guide, which was (until Amazon removed it) about 17 pages long and covered the varying ages of consent around the world.
A few years ago there was a similar controversy over The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure. In both cases, campaign group Love146 was instrumental in generating pressure on Amazon, and in both cases Amazon seems to have initially said there was no need to do anything before, finally, deciding to pull the plug on the title in question.
But was the content in Age of Consent illegal? It sounds like it was basically a guide to different countries where the age of consent is lower. For example, the age is just 13 in Spain and just 14 in several other European countries. However, the US PROTECT Act of 2003 applies US age of consent rules to its own citizens anywhere in the world. So the issue is, to say the least, rather complex.